Amir Derakh

Amir Derakh

Amir performing a live show with Julien-K
Background information
Birth name Amir Davidson
Born (1963-06-20) June 20, 1963
Schenectady, New York
Origin New York, United States
Genres Heavy metal, glam metal, hard rock, alternative rock, electronic rock, indietronica, alternative dance, dance rock
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments guitar, synthesizer
Years active 1980present
Labels Warner Bros., Metropolis, Circuit Freq Records, Level 7, Tiefdruck-Musik
Associated acts Rough Cutt
Dead By Sunrise
Circuit Freq
Hear 'n Aid
Notable instruments
The Disruptor (a customized guitar designed by Amir)

Amir Davidson (stage-named Amir Derakh), (born June, 20, 1963) is an American musician. He is currently the guitarist and the synthesizer player for the band Julien-K, and guitarist for the band Dead by Sunrise. He was once a guitar/synthesizer player in the rock band Orgy, and has also played guitar in the bands Rough Cutt and Jailhouse.


After graduating in 1981 from Mission Bay High School in San Diego, California, Derakh played lead guitar for local bands Armed & Ready and Emerald. He moved to Los Angeles to replace Craig Goldy in Rough Cutt. He made a guest appearance on Crazy Town's album, The Gift of Game. Julien-K released a remix of Linkin Park lead singer Chester Bennington's solo song "Morning After" which appeared exclusively on the soundtrack for the 2006 film, Underworld: Evolution. Derakh describes the sound of Julien-K as Depeche Mode meets Chemical Brothers.

Derakh performed backing for Bennington when he performed the song "Let Down" during 2005's ReAct Now: Music & Relief televised concert. He also made an appearance in the 2003 version of the film Freaky Friday and has worked with many other bands, including Coal Chamber and Red Tape.

Personal life

Amir Derakh's cloth at the Hard Rock Cafe in San Francisco, California.

Derakh is of Iranian, Irish, Austrian, Hungarian, and Russian ancestry. He attended UCLA and earned his certificate in producing/engineering.[1]

Derakh is an avid guitar designer. He has worked with Grover Jackson of Jackson Guitars and has personally designed several of the guitars he currently plays (the most famous being The Disruptor). One of his motivations for designing his own guitars is his desire to create something unique yet functional, and having the public wonder "Wow, what is that guy playing?"

Derakh has a son named Michael Melody Davidson.[2]

According to Metal Sludge, his stage name is meant to imply the phrase "I'm Here to Rock," with the spelling of the last name as a tribute to his Iranian heritage.

Discography (Producer/Engineer/Mixing and Arranging)


External links

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